15-Foot Whale Carcass Washes Up on Long Island Beach

There were no signs of trauma

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    A dead 15-foot whale washed up on a Long Island beach over the weekend, officials say.

    The adult female pilot whale was found at about 2 p.m. Sunday east of Coopers Beach in Southampton, officials from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation say. 

    A necropsy found no signs of trauma; a cause of death was still being determined. 

    Rob DiGiovanni, director and senior biologist at the Riverhead Foundation, said it's not abnormal for a pilot whale to be found on the beach but it's not a frequent occurrence. 

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